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Nursing problems

My son is 5 months old and he just sprouted a little that he's teething, he's been sensitive to things...he stopped nursing abruptly since then and still has not nursed. it has been about 3 weeks now. Is this normal? will he ever breast feed again?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:59 PM on Feb. 28, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • kinda, my son went through vthe same thing....

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:02 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • nursing strikes are normal. make sure you are offering the breast first and foremost and keep offering. give pumped breast milk if he absolutely refuses. he should start nursing again.

    Also, try teething tablets before a feeding (or something soothing.) it may help him want to nurse. :) Amber teething necklaces work well. Baltic amber has tons of soothing properties (they don't chew on it though)

    Answer by celticreverie at 8:09 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • Nursing Strikes
    When babies abruptly stop nursing, it's a nursing strike - not weaning. Babies rarely wean on their own before 18-24 months, and self-weaning is almost never abrupt.

    Will baby nurse while asleep or just waking up? This is usually one of the best times to try. You also might try nursing lying down or while walking around. See also the tips at the top of this page for persuading baby to nurse.

    As long as baby is not nursing as often as before, you'll want to express milk to maintain your supply, stay comfortable, and reduce the risk of plugged ducts and mastitis.

    check out this link, there are also additional links on that page:


    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 8:29 PM on Feb. 28, 2009


    If baby’s gums are sore from teething, sometimes he’ll pop off and scream because he can’t get a comfortable latch. Try different positions to see if there’s another position that doesn’t put pressure on your baby’s gums. You can offer an iced teether or washcloth for 10 minutes before feeding, or rub a tiny amount of baby orajel or another gum-number on the problem spot before nursing (be careful that it’s a SMALL amount). If baby is very hungry and cannot nurse comfortably because he’s cutting a tooth it can be beneficial to give him a quarter or half a dose of infant motrin or tylenol 15-20 minutes before nursing. This will dull the pain for him. A full dose is not usually necessary.

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 8:31 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

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    Teething tablets or teething drops might also help, just make sure that you observe your baby’s behavior to make sure that he’s not sensitive to one of the ingredients. (Many teething tablets contain lactose as a base, and teething drops often contain herbs such as chamomile which some babies can be allergic to.)

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 8:31 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • since my baby has been teething she has been using me as a chew toy so I pump and feed her with a bottle and nurse her at nite. shes doing fine like that and she is too distracted during the day to nurse anyway....good luck.

    Answer by calliesmommie at 8:46 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

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